METS FANS SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF THE AUGUST 4, 1972 GAME:
May 13, 2003
This was my first visit to Shea at age 10. A neighbor had given my father two tickets, Field Level Box seats right behind third base; great seats that went for $4 each back then. The Cubs scored a run in the top of the first. In the bottom of the first, after Agee and Garrett were put out, Willie Mays cracked the first pitch over the fence in the left field corner. I clearly remember the final score, 6-1 Mets, but not much else after 31 years. I do remember Joe Pepitone's crazy hairstyle though. I'm glad I got to see the great Willie Mays in action... the homer was a truly great memory.
May 16, 2003
Thanks for sharing! It's amazing what we can all remember about insignificant games from so long ago!
Thanks to retrosheet.org, here are some more details from the game:
The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a sac fly by Billy Williams after Bill North and Glenn Beckert led off the game with back-to- back singles.
Mays' homer tied it in the bottom of the first, and then the Mets took the lead for good in the third on an infield out by Wayne Garrett. Mays followed with a single and another RBI to make it 3-1.
In the bottom of the fourth, a Duffy Dyer sac fly scored John Milner, and in the fifth Mays struck again, this time another RBI single to drive in Garrett. Tommie Agee finished the scoring with a leadoff homer in the seventh to give the Mets a 6- 1 lead and that's how it ended.
What a performance that night by Jim McAndrew! He pitched a complete game three-hitter for his seventh win of the year. After giving up those back-to-back singles to the first two batters, he allowed just two more baserunners (one hit and one walk) the rest of the way. Meanwhile, the Mets tagged Fergie Jenkins with his tenth loss of the season, scoring all six of their runs off him.
The win improved the second place Mets to 54-44 and brought them to within 6.5 games of the first place Pirates. But the Mets would split their final 58 games to go 83-73 and finish in third place, 13.5 behind Pittsburgh, and two and a half games behind the Cubs.